In 1979, Congress passed legislation (Export Administration Act of 1979) which required the executive branch to create and maintain a list of countries deemed to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.In addition, Saddam continues to refine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies." Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen. "We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. "We know that he has stored away secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." Al Gore, Sept. "Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power." Al Gore, Sept. "We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction." Sen. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. "My position is very clear: The time has come for decisive action to eliminate the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. "In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime .... On August 5, 1978, the New York Times that this Palestinian group was linked to Iraq's intelligence service.He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them." Sen. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..." Sen. I'm a co-sponsor of the bipartisan that's presently under consideration in the Senate. "There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years .... He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members.... "We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction. He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... Abu Nidal was a ruthless terrorist who planned the 1973 assault on an American passenger plane in Rome that resulted in 34 deaths and the 1974 bombing of TWA 841 which resulted in 88 deaths.Neither the United States nor the global community can afford to allow Saddam Hussein to continue on this path." Sen. 12, 1998 "Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here.
Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. "As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am keenly aware that the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons is an issue of grave importance to all nations. There is no doubt that since that time, Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. that radical Palestinians have gathered in Iraq to mount a terrorist campaign against "moderate" arab governments.
Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." Rep. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. "The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October 1998. "Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. The group referred to in the article was known as Black June and they were led by the terrorist Abu Nidal.